FRANCE — A French court has granted temporary custody of the country’s digital data for up to two years in an effort to curb a massive data breach that has put the countrys security at risk.
The case, brought by an activist group, seeks temporary custody after France’s government ordered the data to be handed over to a German cybersecurity firm after it was found to have been compromised by the Russian government.
The data includes the names, phone numbers and email addresses of more than 10 million French citizens, including the country�s president.
The data was seized in June 2016 and released to a third party in June 2017, after the French government requested it, according to the court filing.
The court said it would consider a request to temporarily block the data transfer to the company, which was awarded the right to retain it.
The move came in response to the release of a trove of data on French citizens and their contacts that were found to be leaked by the Kremlin.
The documents included personal information about people including celebrities, politicians, celebrities and even French President Emmanuel Macron, who was among those to be named in the documents.
A French government spokeswoman said the government�s aim was to prevent the re-use of data, and to prevent it being transferred to other parties.
The government has not commented on the case.
The WikiLeaks-affiliated group known as LeMonde was accused of leaking the information.
The leak prompted the resignation of the head of the French cybersecurity agency, who later resigned.